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How end of life care works

Who provides end of life care?

Care can be provided by a variety of different professionals including GPs, nurses, support workers and therapists. Nursing care can be provided in the person's home. This gives carers a valuable break from their caring responsibilities. 

Hospice care can be arrange if required. The hospices provide their own specialist palliative care teams which can provide support not just in the hospices but also in the person's own home.

The starting point should be your own GP who will be able to access all the services available.

How much does end of life care cost?

In the last few days of life, the NHS may take over all care provision but there may be a cost for any social care services provided for which you could be charged.

There is more information on paying for social care within our Money and Legal Information and Advice section

Birmingham Hospice
After decades of providing expert palliative and end of life care to communities across Birmingham, Birmingham St Mary's and John Taylor hospices merged in August 2021 – reaching more people who need care than ever before, across Birmingham and Sandwell.
You can find more information on the Birmingham Hospice website (opens in new window).

Sheldon Unit
Address: 11 Sheldon Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B31 5EJ
Phone: 0121 475 6100

Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support offers information and support to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers. If you need to talk, call their free helpline on 0808 808 0000

Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal illness. Marie Curie provides high quality end of life care through its Marie Curie Nursing Service and Hospices.
If you are living with a terminal illness and need support, you can call their support line on 0800 090 230
If you would like a Marie Curie nurse to provide care to you at home, speak to your GP or District Nurse.

Last updated: 6/9/2022

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